The Bacon Rind fire had minimal growth over the last few days, limited to single-tree torching and short range spotting. A ridge of high pressure will build over the fire area this week, bringing warmer temperatures and drier air. Winds are expected to increase beginning on Friday, with a slight chance of thunderstorms over the weekend.
The fire can be seen from Highway 191. Smoke may be visible from Highway 191 and is NOT impacting the road. Please be cautious when driving and only stop in designated pullouts. There could be times that smoke will reduce visibility along the road, so please use caution.
Currently, there are few values at risk from the Bacon Rind Fire. Fire managers continually access the long-term potential for the fire. If the need exists, they have identified several areas in which to take action to reduce the threat to infrastructure. Fire managers are most concerned about firefighter and public safety, the potential impacts to Highway 191 and private land north of the fire. Fire crews are currently monitoring the fire, and improving defensible space around structures, including the Black Butte Ranch, north of the fire.
The Bacon Rind Fire is a great opportunity to remove dead vegetation from the forest understory and maintain a healthy ecosystem that will be conducive to new growth.
Fire updates will be done several times a week, or as fire activity warrants.
Currently Highway 191 and all roads leading into and through the Custer Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park are open.
All visitor facilities, including concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities are not impacted by the fire and remain open.